Friday, March 21, 2014

RECIPE: Strawberry Banana Smoothie

A lot of people have a tough time figuring out easy meals to make while they’re doing the Whole Life Challenge, especially at breakfast. They seem to think that an egg with fruit or vegetable combo is their only option. But that’s so not the case! There are all kinds of things you can have. Some of my favorites include an apple with peanut butter, one of those awesome Clean Banana Nut Muffins or a simple fruit smoothie.

I used to make this strawberry banana smoothie all the time with regular milk and Greek yogurt—but substituting in almond milk and cutting out the yogurt makes it 100 percent advanced level compliant and just as delicious (especially if you use homemade almond milk). Of course, it’s not very high in protein when you cut out the dairy—which may concern some people at the start of their day. The good news is that if you’re playing at the beginner or intermediate level, you can add a bit of Greek yogurt to this for a protein boost and extra creamy goodness. Give it a go and let me know what you think!

Strawberry Banana Smoothie
Serves 1
¾ cup (140 grams) frozen strawberries
1 medium banana
1 cup almond milk

Blend all ingredients until smooth and enjoy!

195 calories; 3.5 g fat (0.1 g saturated); 161 mg sodium; 662 mg potassium; 40.9 g carbohydrates; 7.5 g fiber; 20 g sugar; 2.2 g protein; Vitamin A 16%; Vitamin C 118%; Calcium 48%; Iron 11%

*This nutritional information is based on using plain, unsweetened Califia almond milk from the store, as I don’t have nutritional information for homemade almond milk!

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